Mason Jar Cookie Kit
Make a cute chocolate chip cookie kit in a mason jar to simplify the cookie process. Keep a few in your pantry for a quick batch any time your inner cookie monster calls to you!
I created this kit because breastfeeding can be one of the biggest challenges for new moms. I pumped exclusively with my first baby, and I still struggled to produce enough for my second, despite all of the fenugreek, non-alcoholic beer, and frequent pumping and breastfeeding attempts prescribed by the hospital's lactation consultants. With my sleepy, fussy newborn's latch issues, and a half potty-trained toddler running around and peeing on the floor, I was so thankful when a pediatrician gave me the best possible support right when I needed it:
"By kindergarten, you can't tell which kids were breastfed, but you can tell which kids were read to."
At the end of the day, this cookie kit is a great gift regardless of whether or not you need to boost your milk supply, because nobody needs cookies more than tired parents!
Mason Jar Lactation Cookie Kit
1/4 C packed brown sugar
1/4 C granulated sugar
3/4 C flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 TBS ground flaxseed (for lactation recipe)
2 TBS brewers yeast (for lactation recipe)
1/2 C one-minute oats
1/2 C chocolate chips
- EK Tools 2-inch Circle Punch
- lactation cookie kit labels
- -OR- chocolate chip cookie labels
- glue stick
- 16 oz mason jar and lid
Add the above ingredients into a clean 16oz mason jar. If possible, try to level out each layers or a nice clean look. (I skipped the brown sugar here and used Trader Joes raw organic cane sugar because that's just what we keep in our pantry. My layers are kind of messy because I was holding my baby while I made it. Ideally I'd recommend not making this while holding a baby, just for general safety!)
Start with the heavier ingredients (chocolate chips and sugar) on the bottom layer, and then add the flour, salt, baking soda, brewers yeast, flax, and oatmeal on top in that order.
Print out these custom labels, or write out your own card with the following baking instructions:
- Add 1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter, 1 egg, and 1 tsp vanilla in a large bowl and mix until combined.
- Empty jar contents into the mixture and stir to combine.
- Scoop a heaping tablespoon of dough onto the cookie sheet.
- Preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 10-12 minutes until slightly golden on top.
Now, I know you're thinking, wait! All the cookie recipes always say to mix your eggs, butter, and vanilla first! But don't worry, you CAN mix it all at once and everything will be okay. I even let my toddler mix the butter, eggs, and vanilla eggs, so they were pretty poorly combined, but I was still able to integrate all of the butter in the final dough. If you have a kid (or two.... or seven....) sometimes you just don't have time to make it perfect.
I first tried cutting out my labels by hand, but I gave up and bought the EK Tools 2-inch Circle Punch just to give the labels a perfect circle shape.
This punch works much better if you use thicker paper, such as cardstock, label paper, or this matte photo printer paper. If you don't have these, you can layer an extra sheet of printer paper underneath to help punch out nice and crisp circles.
Here are the chocolate chip cookie labels in case you want to leave out the brewers yeast and flax meal for a regular cookie kit.
Use a glue stick to paste your selected labels onto the mason jar, and they're ready to go!